Santa Clara County Official Answers Your Questions About COVID-19 – NBC Bay Area
As COVID-19 vaccination rates improve and the state reopens more and more, the rules change, leading to both questions and confusion.
This is particularly the case in Santa Clara County. The Santa Clara County Health Department said it had been inundated with questions about everything from reopening rules to when you could be asked if you were vaccinated.
Robert Handa, of the NBC Bay Area, spoke with Santa Clara County lawyer James Williams on the most common questions about COVID-19.
Question: What has changed since Santa Clara County went yellow?
Reply: “The posting and implementation of a social distancing protocol and the request to maximize telecommuting. Those remaining requirements were lifted when we moved into the yellow category on Wednesday, ”Santa Clara County attorney James Williams said.
Question: Another lingering question concerns the local order forcing companies to determine the vaccination status of employees.
Reply: “First of all, this is not a vaccination mandate. Second, it is not a vaccination passport. Third, this information is not reaching the county, ”added Williams.
Question: What about the confidentiality of medical information?
Reply: Williams said questions about the vaccine’s mandate usually lead to questions about the confidentiality of medical information. “HIPPA applies to your health care provider and your health care plan and does not apply to employers otherwise,” he added.
Question: Can people refuse to give their immunization status?
Reply: “Yes, but that means you won’t be treated as fully vaccinated for the purposes of one of the rules that may apply to those who are fully vaccinated,” he said.
Question: For people who get vaccinated, will they need a booster? And when?
Reply: ““ We don’t know is the short answer, ”Williams said.“ We don’t know the long-term durability of the vaccine or how the virus will continue to adapt with different variants. It is certainly possible.
Question: Are we “in the clear” after June 15?
Reply: Williams told NBC Bay Area that “being in the clear” would mean the end of the tier system, but restrictions on things like crowds at big events will be answered as they go.